Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund at BayArena on October 1, 2016 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

In a recent interview with Sportbuzzer (translated by The Daily Mirror), former Bayern Munich forward Michael Rummenigge advised his compatriot Mario Gotze to leave Borussia Dortmund in search of a summer move to Everton among other clubs. The Bundesliga legend said (via Sportbuzzer), “I’m thinking [he could join] clubs like Everton or West Ham or some Italian middle-of-the-table club.

“In the Bundesliga, he could fit with Borussia Monchengladbach or Leverkusen. I hope that he shakes off the pressure and finds his way although, right now, I have my doubts.”

Gotze’s Fall From Grace In Recent Years

Gotze’s current contract at Dortmund runs out at the end of this current campaign, which means that he can join a new club on a free transfer later this summer. The 27-year-old has endured another frustrating season at Signal Iduna Park after failing to find a run of consistency with his performances so far. He has only made 19 appearances for Lucien Favre’s side this term, netting three goals while providing just one assist in all competitions which goes to show how much he has struggled to impact the game positively going forward.

The German playmaker has averaged 0.6 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.2 dribbles per game in the Bundesliga this season (stats via whoscored). His numbers do not lie, so maybe a change of scenery this summer could help him reignite his career in European football.

The Memmingen-born talent has previously won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany and has gone on to secure 63 senior caps for his nation, scoring 17 goals in the process. However, he has been on a steady decline in recent years with his last international appearance coming against France in an international exhibition match back in 2017.

What Will The German Dribbler Bring To Merseyside?

Gotze is a moderately paced centre-forward who can still be a very dangerous dribbler with the ball in the final third. He excels at making some darting runs in the opposition half and is also quite tidy with his passing as well. However, the German maestro is in dire need to improve his productivity in the attacking third if he wants to win more trophies in the future.

A high-profile move to the Premier League could backfire for Gotze at this stage of his playing career. Frequent injuries have often hampered his progress at Dortmund in recent years, and so it is uncertain whether he will be able to cope with the physical nature of English football if he decides to listen to Michael Rummenigge’s advice by moving to either Everton or West Ham United this summer.

Is Gotze The Right Choice For The Toffees?

Carlo Ancelotti can benefit from adding a forward of Gotze’s experience as he will be able to share some of the goal-scoring workload with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Goodison Park in the coming years. As long as the German striker can stay injury-free, he has enough time left in his career to turn things around for the better and become one of the most feared attackers in European football once again.

He will not only add more quality to the Toffees frontline but will also increase competition for places within Ancelotti’s squad. Gotze’s addition could also help the Everton boss be more flexible with his tactical set-ups and team selection next season. Overall, the German forward will be a decent choice for the Toffees as he is available for free and still has enough in his locker to make a positive impact at the blue half of Merseyside.

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